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Speckled trout bite better in moving water, and bridges over the Croatan and Roanoke sounds around Manteo serve as pinch points, concentrating wind and current. Moving water required

Fishermen in the sounds north of Oregon Inlet do not see lunar tides; they lose their influence about half-way to Manteo. Wind is the primary factor that influences water level and flow around Roanoke Island in Roanoke, Croatan and Albemarle sounds.


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Richard Vaughn nets a speck for Richard Andrews; lots of trout were killed or stunned in late January, causing a statewide closure of the fishery. Trout closure, caused by winter kill, will end June 15

A severe, late-January cold snap froze rivers and creeks in many areas and stunned and/or killed trout in several places along the coast.


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A Trilene knot, aka improved clinch knot, works best when tied with heavier line; it could have  problems tied in lighter lines. The popular knot may not always be the best knot

Fishing l knots and their relative strengths and weaknesses are logical birds’ nests for many anglers, but Don Enderle has some things to say about knots for big fish that are worth a listen. After all, he’s only been guiding for more than 35 years.


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The four main catfish baits at Lake Gaston include (top to bottom): bass shiner, gizzard shad, herring and alewife. Gaston live-bait choices

Anglers targeting Lake Gaston’s blue catfish have four baitfish choices. Anyone with a cast net can catch these baitfish, which are also available at local bait-and-tackle shops, but fishermen like guide Don Enderle know where to throw their nylon.


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A pedal-powered paddlecraft is not necessarily out of place in a rocky smallmouth river. Angler’s choice

In the perpetual argument of pedal vs. paddle, one stronghold of the paddler’s camp was river fishing. Many fishermen believe that a pedal drive that hangs well below a kayak won’t fare well in rock-laden waters, especially where current makes boat control even more difficult.


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North Carolina and South Carolina manage red drum — and several other inshore species — with different creel and size limits, so fishermen who cross the state line need to know when they’re in the right, or wrong. Beware: different strokes for different states

The actual position of the North Carolina/South Carolina border is not well marked in the marshes between Ocean Isle and Dunn Sound, and the fish don’t pay any attention.


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A scent of a crab chunk on the bottom will attract the attention of any redfish in the area; it’s one of their favorite foods. The best nose in the marsh

Like the character Tommy in the rock opera “Pinball Wizard,” red drum often feed in turbid or dirty water where they can’t see; this means they play almost entirely by their sense of smell, even relying on it in clear water.


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Video caught the moment lightning struck the Magic Moment during the 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City this weekend. Vid shows Big Rock marlin boat being struck by lightning

When the weather turns bad offshore therei's not much anglers can do. So it's not a real surprise the Magic Moment team left their spread out during the second day of the 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament taking place this weekend.

But things turned tense when lightning struck the boat — and it was all caught on video.


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The annual catch limit for wahoo and dolphin in the South Atlantic will increase on July 9, but fishermen probably won't notice the difference. Dolphin, wahoo catch limits will increase on July 9

NOAA Fisheries has announced new regulations for the Atlantic dolphin and wahoo fishery of the Atlantic, increasing annual catch limits effective on July 9, but most fishermen won’t notice much of a difference.


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The Ava D's 491.4-pound blue marlin, caught Thursday, has taken over third place in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Two days of fishing remain. Third place changes hands twice Thursday in Big Rock

Two blue marlin came to the scales on Thursday on the fourth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, and while third place changed hands twice, the $306,000 “Fabulous Fisherman’s” pot is still unclaimed.


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Tiny silica gel packs will absorb moisture in tackle boxes and keep hooks and other metal surfaces from rusting. Lexington guide says he uses silica gel packs to keep his tackle rust-free

One of the problems for anglers, particularly those who fish in saltwater, is keeping their tackle free from rust. One North Carolina fishing guide has a neat solution


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Sheepshead fishing has been excellent around bridges, docks and the State Port wall in Morehead City. Great inshore fishing overlooked in the shadow of the Big Rock tournament

While the focus of fishermen around Cape Lookout this week is on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, plenty of fish are being caught much closer to the beach, according to Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach.


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